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Accession Number: 16-003

TITLE

Diane Forrest fonds. -- ca. 1977-2004. -- 2.6 m of textual records.

BIOGRAPHY / HISTORY

Diane Forrest was born in 1955 in Mississauga and grew up in Lorne Park and Toronto. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1977 with a 4-year arts degree. She worked primarily as a freelance writer in the magazine industry, winning three gold National Magazine Awards, three silvers and numerous honourable mentions, along with many other awards for her writing. Most of her work was in “service journalism,” providing information and education on a variety of issues, from how to pack a suitcase to land claims. Her most frequent clients were Maclean’s, Cottage Life, and Moneywise/Financial Post Magazine. She also wrote, edited, and contributed to a number of short books. In 2004, she switched to financial services, writing and editing in the marketing field. Forrest also wrote and produced a number of short plays for the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Alumnae Theatre Company, a women’s community theatre. At Alumnae she worked in programming, dramaturgy, marketing, training and development, and founded the Write Now playwriting event and the New Play Development Group.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Fonds includes manuscript drafts, interview notes, correspondence with editors and clients, writing contracts, and research materials pertaining to the writing career of Diane Forrest.

NOTES

Custodial History: Fonds was in the custody of Diane Forrest before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2015.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired in 2015 from Diane Forrest.

Fonds Arrangement: Original category names, folder headings, and folder order have been maintained as received. Folder headings often correspond to the title of an article written by Forrest.

RESTRICTIONS: Diane Forrest retains copyright to all materials written by her. Permission of the donor required to access this fonds until the year 2020.

FINDING AID

Box 1

“Mutual Funds” (Re Forrest's Coles Notes publication)

(Note: Box 1 pertains to Forrest’s Coles Notes publication on the subject of mutual funds: Your guide to -- investing in mutual funds: how to choose equity bonds & foreign funds, designing a portfolio, RRSPs & tax tips, 1998)

Folder

1. Whistle Blowing, 1986
2. Financial Post Story – Charitable Donations, 1988
3. Marriage, 1990
4. Kingsley Ward, 1989-1991
5. Dressage, 1992
6. The Inner Entrepreneur, 1993
7. Where the Jobs Are, 1994
8. Faculty of Music, 1998
9-10. Canadian Opera Stars, 1999
11. Maclean’s Y2K, 1999
12-13. Maclean’s Personal Finance’99 Assignments, 1999
14. Charities, 1999
15. Top Charities, 1999
16. Maclean’s Personal Finance Q & A’s, 1999
17. Health Info Issues, Chatelaine Online, 2000
18. Kid’s Health on the Internet, 2000
19. Money, Chatelaine Online, 2000
20. Entertainment, Chatelaine Online, 2000
21. Bond Funds, 2000
22. Maclean’s Exchange Traded Funds, 20001
23. Maclean’s PF 2001 Clippings, 2001
24. Personal Finance 2001 Planning, 2001
25. Multiple Sclerosis Attacks, 2002
26. Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue, 2002
27. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group Guide, 2002
28. Open House, date unknown

Box 2

“Ford/Tourism” [Cottage Life - Ford Canada advertorial campaign/Ontario Tourism]

Folder

1. Canadian Heritage Rivers System, 1994
2. Ontario East, 1996
3. Ottawa Valley, 1997
4. Grey Bruce, 1997
5. Parry Sound, Georgian Bay, 1997
6. Haliburton, 1997
7. Land O’ Lakes, 1997
8. Kawarthas, 1997
9. Ford Advertising, 1997
10. Lanark County, 1997
11. Bancroft District, 1997
12. Parks Canada, 1997
13. Ontario Canada Tourism, 1998
14. Canoe & Kayak, 1998
15. X-Country, 1998
16. Studio Tours, 1998
17. Theatre, 1998
18. Museums, 1998
19. Ontario Tourism (miscellaneous cities)
20. Boating and Canals (date unknown)

“E-Rights Material, Volvo, Coles, Philippine Prostitution”

21. Philippines, 1986
22. Philippine Prostitution, 1988
23-24. Freelance Writers, Class Action, 1995, 1996
25. Publishers: various, 1995-1996
26. Freelance forms, 1996
27. Licensing, 1996
28. Maclean Hunter, 1996
29. Globe & Mail, 1996
30. “Concerned Writers” Correspondence, 1996
31. Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), 1996
32. Electronic Copyright, 1996
33. Canadian Creators Coalition, 1996
34. Financial Post, 1996
35. Telemedia Contract, 1995
36. Australia – Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), 1996

Box 3

Folder

1. Investment Charts, etc., 1998
2. Ford Canada advertising in Cottage Life, 1998
3. Writers’ Lawsuit: Fundraising, 1999
4. Coles Notes - Mutual Funds, 1997-2000
5. Coles Notes - Draft, 1997-2000
6. Coles Notes - Research, 1997-2000
7. Coles Notes - Draft with Notes, 1997-2000
8. Coles Notes - Final Draft, 1997-2000
9. Coles Notes with added notes, 1997-2000
10-11. Volvo – Alaska, 1997-1999 (includes 5 photographs; 30 slides)
12. “Concerned Writers” – lists, etc.
13. Clippings and correspondence re copyright and writers’ rights, ca. 1996

“Pathways, Imperial Oil Limited, National Film Board”

14. “Studio D”, 1983
15-16. National Film Board, 1988-1989
17. National Film Board - 50 Years, 1989
18. National Film Board - Notes, 1989
19. Research Grants, 1991
20. Volunteering, 1992, 1993
21. Meditation, 1993

Box 4

Folder

1. Imperial Oil Limited – Chemicals, 1994
2. Imperial Oil Limited – Bruce Trail, 1995
3. Pathways, 1990-1999
4. The Golden Years, date unknown
5. French Program, date unknown
6. Distribution, date unknown
7. The Difficult Years, date unknown
8. Challenge for Change, date unknown
9. McLaren & Animation, date unknown
10. Founding of the National Film Board, date unknown
11. The War Years, date unknown
12. Short Histories/Brochures, date unknown

Box 5

“Personal Finance, Writing – Maclean’s, Canadian Business, Freelance Fight”

Folder

1. CBC Open House, re program Rating Corporate Ethics, 1987
2. Maclean’s - Mutual Fund Rankings, 1996-1997
3. Maclean’s - Mutual Fund Rankings, 1997-1998
4. Canadian Society of Magazine Editors [CSME] Lunch – Writer/Editor Relationship, 1997
5. Maclean’s – Turning Around the Battleship, 1997
6. Maclean’s - Mutual Fund Fees, 1998
7. Maclean’s - Winners and Losers, 1998
8. Compilation Stories, 1999
9. Maclean’s - Redesign, 1999
10. Cheap S.O.B.’s, 1999
11. Cottage Prices, 1999
12. Mutual Fund Round Up, 1999
13. Maclean’s – Internet Bubble, 1999
14. Maclean’s – Best & Worst, 1999
15. Maclean’s Mutual Funds, The Lemming Factor, 2000
16. University of Montreal, 2000
17. Investment Fund Institute of Canada (IFIC) Supplement, 2000
18-19. CB Mutual Funds, 2003
20-21. CB Mutual Funds, 2004
22. CB Wealth Management, 2000

Box 6

“Alzheimer’s Project, Indian Business Newsletter, Albert Rock Video, Rob Traveller Items, Maclean’s Born to Read”

Folder

1. Maclean’s – Literacy, 1995
2. Rob Traveller – Required Reading, 1995
3. Killer Viruses, 1995
4. Westin Service Express, 1995
5. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) - Winds of Change, background, 1997
6. CIBC - Winds of Change, Winter 1997
7. CIBC - Winds of Change, Autumn 1997
8. Alzheimer’s, background, 1997
9. Alzheimer Disease
10. Alzheimer Society of Canada, 1997
11. Alzheimer’s Disease Care, 1997
12. Management of Alzheimer’s Disease, 1997
Loose in box: VHS titled ““Racing Logger” Albert Rock, first broadcast Saturday, December 30th, 1995 on the national Canadian Broadcasting Corporation”

“Boating Supplement, Land Claims”

13. Saugeen Bruce, 1994
14. West Ipperwash (date unknown)
15. Blind River (date unknown)
16. Golden Lake (date unknown)
17. General correspondence, notes, re land claims, etc.– 1994
18. Gibson - Wahta, 1994
19. Leases, land claims, date unknown
20. Cottage Life - Boating – Invus, etc., 1997-1998
21. Invus – Common Sense (date unknown)

Box 7

Folder

1. Cottage Life - Waterfront, 1995
2. MacMillan – Perfect Boat/Motor, 1997-1998
3. Boating, 1997-1998
4. Cottage Life - Martin – Tying Up, 1997-1998
5. Cottages and land claims, 1994
6. Skerryvore, 1995
7. MacMillan, Poker Runs, 1997
8. Pratt – Zebra Mussels, 1997

Box 8

“Life Fashion, Canadian Living, Modern Women, Chatelaine”

Folder

1. Fighting, 1996
2. Compulsive Cheaters, 1993
3. Deadbeat Dads, 1993-1994
4. Shingles, 1990
5. Disabled Etiquette, 1991
6. Surviving the Recession, 1989-1990
7. Care for the Caregiver, 1990-1991
8. Thyroid, 1990-1991
9. Grandparents at the Home, 1991
10. Financial Planning Calendar, 1994
11. Christmas, 1995
12. Credit Cards, 1989-1991
13. Rich Women, 1996
14. Cost of University, 1995
15. Women & Finance, 1994-1997

“Old Writing Bits”

16. Marital Mergers, 1985
17. Tax Audits, 1988
18. Wild & Crazy Accountants, 1990

Box 9

Folder

1. Green Finance, 1990
2. Unjust Dismissal, 1991
3. Secretaries, 1991
4. RSP – Experts & Individuals, 1994
5. Environment Canada, 1997
6. Environment Canada, 1998
7. Bank of Canada, 1999

“Cottage Detective”

8. Column #1: Log Cabin, 1994
9. Column #2: Sandy Beach, 1994
10. Column #3: [ ], 1994
11. Column #4: The Compound, 1994
12. Column #5: Dream Cottage, 1994
13. Column #6: Winter Cottage, 1995
14. Column #7: No Motor Lake, 1995
15. Column #8: Cheap Cottage, 1995
16. Column #9: Fishing Cabin, 1995
17. Column #10: Boating Cottage, 1995

Box 10

Folder

1. Column #11: Wasaga, 1995
2. Column #12: Quebec, 1996
3. Column #13: Fixer Upper, 1996
4. Column #14: Stone Cottage, 1996
5. Column #15: Big Water, 1996
6. Column #16: United States, 1996
7. Column #17: Classic Cottage, 1996
8. Bernard Lake, 1997
9. Stokes Bay, 1997
10. Round Lake, 1997
11. Sturgeon Lake, 1998
12. New Real Estate column, 1995-1997
13. Cottage Detective, 1996

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